American Airlines Mechanic Arrested, Accused Of Tampering With Plane

American Airlines Mechanic Arrested, Accused Of Tampering With Plane


LOCKDOWN HAS LIFTED. A SCHOOL WAS LOCKED DOWN FOR HOURS LEAVING PARENTS SCARED AND STUDENTS FRUSTRATED. GOOD EVENING. 6 PM.>ARE TOP STORY. A MECHANIC IN MIAMI IS IN JAIL ACCUSED OF SABOTAGING ONE OF THE COMPANIES JETS THAT WAS SET THE FLY WITH 150 PEOPLE ON BOARD. WE ARE AT THE AIRPORT. WHAT HAPPENED? Reporter: DOUG, INVESTIGATORS SAY THE MECHANICS ACTIONS LAST MONTH LED PILOTS TO RECEIVE AN EMERGENCY ALERT IN THE COCKPIT. THEY DECIDED TO RETURN TO THE TERMINAL. OFFICIALS SAY IT WAS AN AIRPORT SURVEILLANCE CAMERA THAT CAUGHT THE MECHANIC IN THE ACT. THE MECHANIC ABDUL WENT BEFORE A JUDGE. HE INTENTIONALLY CREATE A MECHANICAL ISSUE THAT DISABLED THE PILOTS ABILITY TO GET AIRSPEED AND INFORMATION. A RETIRED PILOT SAID HE WAS SURPRISED. THE BOND BETWEEN PILOTS, CONNEX A STRONG. THERE WILL BE CONVERSATION. BETWEEN PILOTS AND MECHANICS. THIS IS AN ABERRATION. NOT SOMETHING THAT I SAW IN MY 29 YEAR CAREER. Reporter: HE SAID HIS INTENTION WAS NOT TO CAUSE HARM TO THE AIRCRAFT, PASSENGERS. HE WAS UPSET AT THE STALLED CONTRACT DISPUTE BETWEEN UNION WORKERS AND AMERICAN AIRLINES. THIS DISPUTE AFFECTED HIM FINANCIALLY. INVESTIGATORS SAID HE TAMPERED WITH THE AIRCRAFT TO HAVE A DELAY OR HAVE THE FLIGHT CANCELED IN ANTICIPATION TO GET OVERTIME. AMERICAN AIRLINES SAID WE HAVE AN UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO SAFETY, SECURITY OF CUSTOMERS AND TEAM MEMBERS. WE ARE TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY. AMERICAN NOTIFIED FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO TOOK OVER THE INVESTIGATION WITH FULL COOPERATION. THE MECHANICS UNION SAID THE ASSOCIATION CONDEMNED ANY CONDUCT BY ANY INDIVIDUAL THAT JEOPARDIZES THE SAFE OPERATION OF AN AIRCRAFT. SETH — SAFETY IS A PRIORITY. A BUSINESS PROFESSOR SPECIALIZES IN NEGOTIATIONS. IT SHOULD BE A CALL TO EVERYONE THAT IT IS TIME TO COME TO THE TABLE WITH SINCERITY.

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